In Review: Post Election Five Years Forward – What Now?

Attain and the East of England Collaborative Procurement Hub recently hosted a presentation and Q&A session with CCGs and providers. The mix of attendees and Chatham House rules led to open, honest and thought provoking debate and reflection. We really enjoyed the opportunity to leave the day-to-day behind, and to think and plan for the future.

The agenda was ambitious: Post Election, Five Years Forward – What Now? – so there was much to cover. We focused on the Conservative Manifesto, the Five Year Forward View (FYFV) and the implications of both on all of us in the health and social care sectors. Many of us shared our thoughts on the opportunities, challenges and frustrations with the scale of transformation of health and social care required to address the financial, demographic and social pressures on the system. The capacity of primary care, the development and roles of accountable care organisations, the mental health agenda and the balance of transformation with managing business as usual were all discussed at length.

We moved to focus on the organisations that attended and their view on and preparedness for transformation at scale, and in groups we discussed:

  1. Whether your health and social care economy has a view on its ambitions to deliver the FYFV
  2. Whether your organisation has a view on its ambitions for delivery of the FYFV
  3. The potential impact of this ambition on your role/team

We ended with a very positive discussion about ‘green shoots’ and how many examples of integration and transformation we could reference in our own and neighbouring geographies. There is much to build on and there is great opportunity to change care for our communities.

It was a great morning and we look forward to hosting further sessions in September 2015.